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University of Cambridge

Top marks in HML!

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    07 July 2021

    The History and Modern Languages (HML) Tripos admitted its first students four years ago, which means this year is the first year there are graduating finalists in the subject.

    We are thrilled to announce that College student and HML finalist, Helen Grant, received the top marks in her Tripos this year.

    Many congratulations to Helen on this outstanding achievement! We are extremely proud of you.



    Helen says:

    I’m still processing the fact that I came top – everyone is so talented. At the same time, I look back to how I felt when I started my degree and feel proud of how far I’ve come, especially in terms of confidence. I’m hopeful my grades will help me apply for a Master’s in the future as I’d like to pursue a career in education policy.

    I knew I wanted to learn about other people and how they experience the world, and the HML Tripos definitely delivered on that. I wrote dissertations on Haitian literature and Algerian film, took a special subject in the Italian Renaissance, studied French literature, theatre and then film from the 17th century up to the end of the 20th century, and in my second year I took a World History paper that let us focus on South Asia and the Middle East from 1914 to the present day. I worked as an editorial assistant in Paris for the first half of my year abroad and, if the pandemic hadn’t struck, I would have spent the rest of my time interning in an art gallery there. Even now looking back at the whole four years, I know that I can’t really pick between the History part and the French part – I still love all of it and there’s still so much more I want to read up on now that my exams are over.

    I’ve been so lucky to be part of this vibrant College community, attending subject societies here for both halves of my course and volunteering with the New Hall Art Collection when I was in my second year. I’m also incredibly grateful to all the Fellows and Tutors at Murray Edwards for being such incredible inspirations and sources of support. I’d especially like to thank Dr Emanuela Davey, my Directors of Studies for French this year, and Dr Kate Peters, who was my Director of Studies for History in both my first and final years and therefore witness to my entire journey.